Opossums do the strangest things

December 2, 2020

We don’t see opossums (or “possums”, as we call them in Texas) very often in the backyard, but when we do they are always interesting. They look pretty ratty (no offense to the rats, who are always perfectly neat and tidy) but when they have down-time and a little privacy in a den they often spend it grooming and cleaning themselves. It’s an interesting process to watch; they will lick a hind foot and use it much like a hand to smooth down their fur and wash their faces.

In this video clip you’ll see a possum giving himself the “super-duper deluxe clean” – it’s probably not for the faint-hearted or bashful.

We’ve also included some footage of the same possum carrying bedding material with his prehensile tail. He has collected some dry grass and carried it into the den by wrapping his tail around it. It’s pretty amazing. We’ve tried and we can’t do it so we think he’s quite talented.